The Equalizer 3 Adds Dakota Fanning as Filming Begins on Sequel

Nearly two decades after the theatrical release of Man on Fire, Dakota Fanning is finally reuniting with Oscar winner Denzel Washington for a new action thriller film — the upcoming sequel The Equalizer 3. The I Am Sam actress has joined the cast of the long-awaited third film alongside Gaia Scodellaro (You Me and the Apocalypse).

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Sony Pictures has announced that production on The Equalizer 3 has officially begun in Italy. The announcement also comes with the release of the first set photos, teasing Fanning and Washington’s reunion.

The third installment is once again being directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) from a screenplay written by Richard Wenk. Producers are Fuqua, Washington, Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Steve Tisch. The film is expected to arrive in theaters on September 1, 2023.

The Equalizer films were based on the classic CBS series, which ran on air for four seasons from 1985-1989 on the CBS network. Joining Denzel in the first two films were Bill Pullman, Melissa Leo, David Harbour, Pedro Pascal, and more. The action franchise currently has a combined worldwide gross of over $190 million.

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CBS has also revived the crime drama series with a female-led reboot from original creators Michael Sloan and Richard Lindheim. Led by Queen Latifah as Robyn McCall, the series is currently in its third season.

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